When the almighty has prohibited something at times we are tested by that thing dangling in front of us so accessible, its right within our reach, there’s a reason for that, Allah says when you stay away for our sake, we’re going to grant you contentment; you will be a happy person.
You’re in the condition you’re not supposed to be doing something that is otherwise permissible, do you still follow the rule? Just because it is accessible do you just break the rule? This rule applies to everything that the Almighty has laid down in terms of law and in terms of do’s and don’ts.
O you who have believed, Allah will surely test you through something of the game that your hands and spears [can] reach, that Allah may make evident those who fear Him unseen. And whoever transgresses after that – for him is a painful punishment. (5:94)
Do you know what when Allah has prohibited something? Consider it prohibited even if it is easy for you to do. Don’t do it and see the contentment that you will achieve by being conscious of Allah and pleasing Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala.
One of the biggest problems and one of the reasons why we lose contentment is we tend to focus on the lives of others, don’t do that, focus on your own life. Remember if you want contentment stop focusing on the lives of others.
O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. Those who have gone astray will not harm you when you have been guided. To Allah is your return all together; then He will inform you of what you used to do. (5:105)
We lose sleep over what Allah has given someone else. We concentrate on others, their good points, their weak points, we are so upset because of what’s happening in their lives, Stop it.
If you really want contentment you must make sure that you are concentrating on yourself. How’s my relationship with Allah, look at what Allah has given me, he’s given me so many things without me asking him.
It’s only when things get taken away from us that we become conscious of what Allah has given us. So let’s become conscious of it even before it is taken away. In fact insha’Allah it won’t be taken away but you will achieve contentment when you look at what Allah has given you and you realize it’s priceless subhanAllah.
Allah tells us to respect all those who are trying to earn the pleasure of Allah as well whether they are rich or they’re poor, whether they’re black or white, no matter what color they are, no matter what ethnicity, etc, I could add no matter what nationality they are, what part of the globe they come from SubhanAllah, Allah tells Muhammad
And do not send away those who call upon their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His countenance. Not upon you is anything of their account and not upon them is anything of your account. So were you to send them away, you would [then] be of the wrongdoers. (6:52)
And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” (6:54)
The fact that they believe in allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, you treat them equally subhanAllah, you treat them absolutely equally and you greet them with that beautiful greeting.
When people are sitting and discriminating, when people are saying something bad, when they are speaking evil, when they’re actually engaged in the displeasure of Allah; Allah tells us don’t sit with them, don’t be from amongst them, if you’re not going to be able to remind them and if you’re not going to be able to talk to them and if you’re not going to be able to help them out of the bad that they’re engaged in while sitting in a group then you better walk away. – Mufti Menk
And when you see those who engage in [offensive] discourse concerning Our verses, then turn away from them until they enter into another conversion. And if Satan should cause you to forget, then do not remain after the reminder with the wrongdoing people. (6:68)